Returning to School: Being a Full-Time Mother and Teacher (Inspiring)

Returning to School: Being a Full-Time Mother and Teacher (Inspiring)
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    All professionals have moments in their careers when they doubt their choices or feel they are in need of something else; a new challenge.

    This is my story of how I was able to break out of a professional rut and do a better job...

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Story of a college friend of mine:

All professionals have moments in their careers when they doubt their choices or feel they are in need of something else; a new challenge. This is my story of how I was able to break out of a professional rut and do a better job.

Breaking Out of a Professional Rut.

Last year, at age 39, I realized that I needed a new challenge. I was in a rut. I was a full-time mother and I had been teaching high school mathematics and science full-time for 14 years. I was also the vice-principal of my small school for 8 years.

But, nothing seemed to change. I taught the same subjects to basically the same students, year after year. I knew the students and the course contents like the back of my hand and it had all become a routine. I was finding it more and more difficult to keep things new and exciting in the classroom.

Don’t get me wrong; I love teaching and I love my students. But, mentally, I was feeling fatigued and blasé. My students deserved more of me, and I deserved better for myself. I was craving intellectual stimulation and inspiration.

Taking the Leap.

I really enjoyed my role as vice-principal of my school and the challenges it brought me on a not-so-regular basis. I began pondering my situation and considered applying to a university offering online graduate degree programs. I began researching nearby universities online and reading up on what they had to offer. I finally made up my mind and I applied to one school; only one.

Six weeks later, I got my acceptance letter. I was officially beginning my studies in May in the Master of Education program, with a concentration in Administration and Educational Leadership! I could not have been more excited! The prospect of one day becoming the administrator of my little school exhilarated me and immediately boosted my motivation.

But, how was I going to accomplish this task while working fulltime and raising my daughter? Some people thought I was crazy. “It’s too much! You’re going to make yourself sick,” they told me. They were sincerely concerned. However, I knew that I would make myself sick if I didn’t go for it.

One Year Later.

It has been a year since I began my studies. I have always loved learning and now is no different. I must admit, I was nervous returning to university after 14 years, but I realize now that it is like riding a bicycle. You never forget how to be a good student. I have 4 courses under my belt, with a 4.0 GPA.

The professional dialogues I am able to have with my professors and fellow students are very mentally stimulating. I am gaining valuable knowledge and accumulating new tricks and methods of teaching that I am incorporating into my teaching practice. My students have seen a difference, and so have I.

Conclusion.

I would recommend to anyone out there in need of a professional change to research your options and make a decision. It is scary to try something new, but the regret of not trying is worse. I am not saying to leave your jobs, or change careers, but sometimes just a small change can make a world of difference. When we want to change something bad enough, we can make it happen. My daughter and I do our homework together and I have a great support system helping me. I am so grateful that I made the decision to continue my education. Who knows where it may take me in the future?

If you liked my article, please share it on Twitter or Facebook. Maybe my story will help inspire someone else out there who is second-guessing themselves or simply needs a change in their professional career. It may make a world of difference in their lives, as it has in mine!

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